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Micro-pump a Cool Idea for Future Computer Chips

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Engineers at Purdue University have developed a tiny "micro-pump" cooling device small enough to fit on a computer chip that circulates coolant through channels etched into the chip…

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Measurements May Help Show if Constants are Changing

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Physicists at JILA have performed the first-ever precision measurements using ultra-cold molecules, in work that may help solve a long-standing scientific mystery — whether so-called constants of nature have changed since the dawn of the universe…

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Small Yet Significant: First-ever Simulation of Entire Life Form

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

When Boeing and Airbus developed their latest aircraft, the companies’ engineers designed and tested them on a computer long before the planes were built. Biologists are catching on. They’ve just completed the first computer simulation of an entire life form…

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Clean Energy Technologies through 3-D Imaging

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Ohio State University researchers have invented a technique to record three-dimensional scans of the gases and solids that mix inside boilers and other industrial processing reactors. Scientists can use the patented technique, called electrical capacitance volume tomography (ECVT)…

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How to Control the Earth and Other Arcana: A look at popular geopositioning tools

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Past columns have examined online map resources. These have ranged from topographic map sources to travel information sites such as MapBlaster and MapQuest. In most cases, these applications were designed for manual data input over the Web. Some of the more recent additions to this class, such as TerraServer, Yahoo! Maps and Google Maps, provide an application program interface (API) in addition to the manual interface.

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Down the Chute: When vendor selections tank

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

The sane always prevail Randy C. Hice I recently read online an opinion by a LIMS salesperson who lamented that some consultants "…only recommend(s) (vendor A or vendor B) because those are the systems they know and can support." That's a drive-by kneecapping of legitimate consultants in general, and reflects a specific ignorance for the consulting business.

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Getting Serious about Control

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Robert Pavlis | Articles | Comments

True control is only gained when islands of information are integrated into one system Robert Pavlis As regulatory bodies like the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the International Standards Organization continue to release new regulations to ensure quality and safety of consumer products and services, many of the companies that run the world’s top laboratories are feeling the pressure. Now more than ever, they need to run more efficient labs to minimize the time and cost of regulatory compliance and to gain better control over their analytical procedures

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Shepherding the FLOC

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Local clustering of wireless sensor networks Bill Weaver, Ph.D. Butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda and salt may at first glance appear to be standard items on a typical shopping list. Include the final item of semi-sweet chocolate morsels and you may recognize this collection as the constituents required to make chocolate chip cookies. But having the correct ingredients is not enough to obtain the final product — we also need the correct recipe. Each component must be mixed with the others in a specific order and sufficiently heated

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StatXact: Statistical Software for Exact Nonparametric Inference

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

StatXact is software for conducting exact statistical tests, confidence intervals and power/sample size calculations. For the non-initiated, these are tests that calculate exact p-values from compilations of tables, giving more extreme values than a given cutoff table. These are to be contrasted with p-values based upon asymptotic theory that requires very large samples and a normal distribution.

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Data Rich but Information Poor

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Tom Ferraro | Articles | Comments

Adopting procedures for efficient data sharing is a low-cost way to shorten development cycles Tom Ferraro One of the greatest challenges industrial production faces is bringing together the three conflicting goals of shortened model cycles, minimized costs and increased product quality. Factors such as globalization and resource consolidation require companies to rethink everything from their locations to which technology infrastructure best supports their long-term needs. Design and test engineers face challenges that, when met, significantly impact business. The faster a product

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Simulating the World

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Mike Kemp | Articles | Comments

Once an area of a few researchers with large budgets, high performance computing has evolved Mike Kemp The use of computer-driven simulations has become a widespread research tool enabling massive advances across a multitude of industries. Simulation has become an accepted, cost-effective, low-risk way to investigate solutions without having to build the actual target functionality. Aircraft design, military applications and large systems such as submarines and power stations have all benefited from the use of computer simulation. It was an obvious choice for several reasons

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A Port in the Storm

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Wayne McDilda | Articles | Comments

Today’s computer user groups can offer invaluable assistance in dealing with security threats Wayne McDilda “DANGEROUS NEW VIRUS!” scream the headlines of mass media. Gory details of the havoc that will be wrought from the latest computer security threat are available in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, Web sites and email lists. How do science professionals know who to trust, what to do, what not to do, what others have done, and what is applicable to their environment? Will “it” affect their hardware, software, networks or data? One port to turn to in this storm of confusion

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Mortimer's Mathematics for Physical Chemistry

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

ccording to the cover blurb, Mathematics for Physical Chemistry is a text for chemistry undergraduates with emphasis on preparation for physical chemistry courses. As such, it contains the usual exposition, examples and problems, but also may be useful as a review to those in a variety of other fields.

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2006 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Scientific Computing | Product Releases | Comments

Presentations and sessions discuss the latest developments in biotechnology. http://www.aapspharmaceutica.

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IBC’s 11th Annual Drug Discovery Technology & Development World Congress

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Scientific Computing | Product Releases | Comments

The Drug Discovery Technology & Development World Congress will highlight a variety of exciting new benefits and features including six dedicated conferences covering science, technology business and informatics, plus a combined exhibit hall of 300+ booths to enhance your networking experience.

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